China says PM Imran Khans visit successful

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Pakistan by Mahmood Idrees | Published

This visit is the first official visit to China after Prime Minister Imran Khan took office, fully demonstrating Pakistan's emphasis on developing relations with China.

The same was revealed as the Pakistan Prime Minister briefed the federal cabinet on his China visit.

A Pakistani delegation in Beijing is holding talks with Chinese officials today to finalise modalities for economic cooperation, Radio Pakistan reported.

Khan, who has previously voiced opposition at global bailouts, went to China after receiving $6 billion in support from Saudi Arabia.

PM Khan had on Thursday apprised his cabinet of the "successful" maiden visit to China, saying that Beijing had assured Islamabad "of every kind of assistance", and that Pakistan would reap its benefits in the days to come. So the immediate balance of payments crisis of Pakistan has ended.

Hua Chunying said the two sides agreed that we should further strengthen the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and forge a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era.

Pakistan's foreign reserves have plunged 42 percent since the start of the year and now stand at about $8 billion, or less than two months of import cover. "We enjoy very good relationship that has been operating at a very high level", she said.

Answering a question, the PM's adviser said his stance on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had been vindicated after both the countries agreed to move beyond infrastructure and power projects.

It would be Pakistan's 13th rescue package from the multilateral lender since the late 1980s.

The ministry announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China is a success and the two sides made remarkable achievements.

Local media believes the gaffe is rather ironic since Khan is in Beijing to secure monetary aid from China to stall the impending economic crisis in Pakistan.

A court in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Prime Minister Imran Khan to appear before it on December 13 in a case filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief's rival candidate in the July 25 general elections over his alleged relation with a United States national, Sita White.

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